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KILLER BE KILLED, the new band comprised of Max Cavalera (SOULFLY, ex-SEPULTURA), Greg Puciato (THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN), Troy Sanders (MASTODON) and Dave Elitch (ex-THE MARS VOLTA), will release its self-titled debut album on May 13 (one day earlier internationally) via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The CD was produced and mixed by Josh Wilbur, whose credits include work with GOJIRA, LAMB OF GOD, HATEBREED, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, ESCAPE THE FATE, P!NK and STEVE EARLE. Cover art and packaging was executed by Ryan Clark of Invisible Creature Design, the Grammy-nominated design firm whose clients include ALICE IN CHAINS, FOO FIGHTERS, CHRIS CORNELL, DEVILDRIVER, MONSTER MAGNET, WOLFMOTHER and DEMON HUNTER.

“He’s a Polish worker in the back of a dark truck, but he looked like a criminal to me,” explains Clark about his choice for the cover’s image. “Multiplying his face seemed to give him a sort of split personality/schizophrenic vibe, which feels like a good mesh. Not just for the band name but the idea of a (for the lack of a better term) supergroup.”

“Killer Be Killed” track listing:

01. Wings Of Feather And Wax
02. Face Down
03. Melting Of My Marrow
04. Snakes of Jehova
05. Curb Crusher
06. Save The Robots
07. Fire To Your Flag
08. I.E.D.
09. Dust Into Darkness
10. Twelve Labors
11. Forbidden Fire
12. Ghosts Of Chernobyl (vinyl-only bonus track)

The songs “Wings Of Feather And Wax” and “Face Down” can be streamed in the YouTube clip below.

MetalSucks placed Puciato at #1 on their list of the Top 25 Modern Metal Frontmen, but he also expresses himself through the dark electro-pop of THE BLACK QUEEN, together with NINE INCH NAILS touring guitarist Josh Eustis of TELEFON TEL AVIV and Maynard James Keenan‘s PUSCIFER. Puciato made a guest appearance in 2012 with MIXHELL, the DJ project of Max‘s brother, SEPULTURA co-founder Igor Cavalera.

Cavalera is no stranger to collaborations, of course, having invited multiple guests onto SEPULTURA‘s genre-defining “Roots” and SOULFLY‘s gold-selling debut album in 1998. One such SOULFLY guest, Chino Moreno, has often joined Puciato onstage with both THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN and DEFTONES. Max was one-half of the incendiary NAILBOMB, together with English record producer and FUDGE TUNNEL mastermind Alex Newport. The pair released one studio album in 1993 and performed a blistering set at the Dynamo festival in 1995.

“We did the song on SOULFLY‘s ‘Omen’ and then we started talking about doing an entire album together, the way he had with Alex Newport,” Puciato explains. “We eventually got together with some riffs we both had and wrote a bunch more material in a 72-hour blast out in the desert. We left with about 15 demos we made using the same drum machine and four track Max used working on ‘Chaos A.D.’

Cognizant of the reputation both of them have cultivated after working with some of the world’s best drummers, Puciato called upon David Elitch, who had toured internationally with the mind-bendingly psychedelic group THE MARS VOLTA. His expertise in everything from jazz to metal has led to live and studio collaborations with a diverse range of major artists including Justin Timberlake, French electronic wizards M83 and Norwegian singer-songwriter Susanne Sundfør.

KILLER BE KILLED has come together even as their main projects hit a collective stride: Max just released his ninth studio album with SOULFLY, “Savages”, to many of the strongest reviews of his legendary career. THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN‘s “One Of Us Is The Killer” debuted at #1 on Billboard‘s Hard Rock Album chart earlier this year. MASTODON‘s most recent album, “The Hunter”, was Album Of The Year in Kerrang!, Metal Hammer, Rock Sound, Classic Rock, Terrorizer and Total Guitar in 2011.

MASTODON and THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN have toured together many times. During one such tour in the U.S., in late 2011, Puciato was telling Sanders about the new project. Before too long, Sanders and Cavalera were meeting at a festival in South America for the first time: “Hey, I’m Troy. And I think we’re in a band together.”

The electric chemistry was apparent the first time they all assembled. “Having met, created and recorded an album together, this experience has easily exceeded my initial expectations,” says Sanders. “The collective energy and mutual respect for one another eased the entire process and has been very therapeutic for me.”

KILLER BE KILLED is:

Greg Puciato – vocals, guitar
Max Cavalera – vocals, guitar
Troy Sanders – vocals, bass
Dave Elitch – drums

Photo credit: Glen La Ferman

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KILLER BE KILLED, the new band comprised of Max Cavalera (SOULFLY, ex-SEPULTURA), Greg Puciato (THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN), Troy Sanders (MASTODON) and Dave Elitch (ex-THE MARS VOLTA), will release its self-titled debut album on May 13 (one day earlier internationally) via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The CD was produced and mixed by Josh Wilbur, whose credits include work with GOJIRA, LAMB OF GOD, HATEBREED, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, ESCAPE THE FATE, P!NK and STEVE EARLE. Cover art and packaging was executed by Ryan Clark of Invisible Creature Design, the Grammy-nominated design firm whose clients include ALICE IN CHAINS, FOO FIGHTERS, CHRIS CORNELL, DEVILDRIVER, MONSTER MAGNET, WOLFMOTHER and DEMON HUNTER.

“He’s a Polish worker in the back of a dark truck, but he looked like a criminal to me,” explains Clark about his choice for the cover’s image. “Multiplying his face seemed to give him a sort of split personality/schizophrenic vibe, which feels like a good mesh. Not just for the band name but the idea of a (for the lack of a better term) supergroup.”

“Killer Be Killed” track listing:

01. Wings of Feather And Wax
02. Face Down
03. Melting Of My Marrow
04. Snakes of Jehova
05. Curb Crusher
06. Save The Robots
07. Fire To Your Flag
08. I.E.D.
09. Dust Into Darkness
10. Twelve Labors
11. Forbidden Fire
12. Ghosts Of Chernobyl (vinyl-only bonus track)

MetalSucks placed Puciato at #1 on their list of the Top 25 Modern Metal Frontmen, but he also expresses himself through the dark electro-pop of THE BLACK QUEEN, together with NINE INCH NAILS touring guitarist Josh Eustis of TELEFON TEL AVIV and Maynard James Keenan‘s PUSCIFER. Puciato made a guest appearance in 2012 with MIXHELL, the DJ project of Max‘s brother, SEPULTURA co-founder Igor Cavalera.

Cavalera is no stranger to collaborations, of course, having invited multiple guests onto SEPULTURA‘s genre-defining “Roots” and SOULFLY‘s gold-selling debut album in 1998. One such SOULFLY guest, Chino Moreno, has often joined Puciato onstage with both THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN and DEFTONES. Max was one-half of the incendiary NAILBOMB, together with English record producer and FUDGE TUNNEL mastermind Alex Newport. The pair released one studio album in 1993 and performed a blistering set at the Dynamo festival in 1995.

“We did the song on SOULFLY‘s ‘Omen’ and then we started talking about doing an entire album together, the way he had with Alex Newport,” Puciato explains. “We eventually got together with some riffs we both had and wrote a bunch more material in a 72-hour blast out in the desert. We left with about 15 demos we made using the same drum machine and four track Max used working on ‘Chaos A.D.’

Cognizant of the reputation both of them have cultivated after working with some of the world’s best drummers, Puciato called upon David Elitch, who had toured internationally with the mind-bendingly psychedelic group THE MARS VOLTA. His expertise in everything from jazz to metal has led to live and studio collaborations with a diverse range of major artists including Justin Timberlake, French electronic wizards M83 and Norwegian singer-songwriter Susanne Sundfør.

KILLER BE KILLED has come together even as their main projects hit a collective stride: Max just released his ninth studio album with SOULFLY, “Savages”, to many of the strongest reviews of his legendary career. THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN‘s “One Of Us Is The Killer” debuted at #1 on Billboard‘s Hard Rock Album chart earlier this year. MASTODON‘s most recent album, “The Hunter”, was Album Of The Year in Kerrang!, Metal Hammer, Rock Sound, Classic Rock, Terrorizer and Total Guitar in 2011.

MASTODON and THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN have toured together many times. During one such tour in the U.S., in late 2011, Puciato was telling Sanders about the new project. Before too long, Sanders and Cavalera were meeting at a festival in South America for the first time: “Hey, I’m Troy. And I think we’re in a band together.”

The electric chemistry was apparent the first time they all assembled. “Having met, created and recorded an album together, this experience has easily exceeded my initial expectations,” says Sanders. “The collective energy and mutual respect for one another eased the entire process and has been very therapeutic for me.”

KILLER BE KILLED is:

Greg Puciato – vocals, guitar
Max Cavalera – vocals, guitar
Troy Sanders – vocals, bass
Dave Elitch – drums

Photo credit: Glen La Ferman

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Behind-the-scenes footage from the making of “Zenith”, the new video from the Los Angeles-based, occult-themed traditional heavy metal band HUNTRESS, can be seen below. The song comes off the group’s sophomore album, “Starbound Beast”, which was released on June 28 in Europe and on July 2 in North America via Napalm Records. The CD was recorded at Hobby Shop Studios in Los Angeles with producer Chris “Zeuss” Harris (SHADOWS FALL, HATEBREED, MUNICIPAL WASTE). The cover artwork for the effort was once again created by Vance Kelly (THE SWORD, GRAVEYARD, HIGH ON FIRE, PENTAGRAM, ALICE IN CHAINS, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, DEATH ANGEL), who previously worked on the group’s debut album, last year’s “Spell Eater”.

Director Phil Mucci, who helmed the “Zenith” clip, spoke about working with HUNTRESS singer Jill Janus: “Jill doesn’t compromise; she wanted something her fans would cherish for years to come. In a disposable world, she’s very conscious of her legacy, as am I. It’s more than a music video to us. It’s a gateway drug.”

Jill cannot wait for the fans to see “Zenith”. “You better pack your bongs now, ‘cuz this is going to trip you the fuck out!” she says.

HUNTRESS is ecstatic about our new music video for ‘Zenith’.

“Director Phil Mucci is a visionary who brought our galactic hallucinations to life.

HUNTRESS dedicates ‘Zenith’ to our fans who’ve inspired us on this path, and who continue to travel with us on our cosmic musical journey. Together we will smoke the galaxies and blaze a new future for true heavy metal!”

“Starbound Beast” includes the track “I Want to Fuck You to Death”, which was co-written for Jill Janus by legendary MOTÖRHEAD frontman Lemmy Kilmister.

In a recent interview with Examiner.com, Janus stated about HUNTRESS‘ musical evolution from “Spell Eater” to “Starbound Beast”: “When we recorded ‘Spell Eater’ in 2012, we were still such a new band, we were still developing our sound and we were still trying things out. And we put it out with a fury and we love that record. This time around with ‘Starbound Beast’, we were a little more thoughtful with it, my lyrical content is a little bit more advanced, as well as an overall new confidence in the band. The musicianship is better, the songwriting is better, and it’s the evolution of HUNTRESS. That’s what’s going on here, it’s naturally evolving and that’s really cool to see.”

Making of “Zenith” video:

“Zenith” video:



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On September 20, ALICE IN CHAINS was interviewed on Brazil’s “Multi Show” after the band’s appearance at the Rock In Rio festival. You can now watch the chat below.

ALICE IN CHAINS‘ fifth studio album, “The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here”, sold 62,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 2 on The Billboard 200 chart. The disc follows up 2009′s “Black Gives Way To Blue”, which was the group’s first all-new collection of material in 14 years. That CD opened with 126,000 units back in October 2009 to debut at No. 5.

ALICE IN CHAINS was last in the Top Two with its self-titled 1995 set, which debuted at No. 1 on that year’s November 25 chart, according to Billboard.com. It would be their final studio release with singer Layne Staley, who died in 2002.

“The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here” is ALICE IN CHAINS‘ second album with William DuVall on vocals.

DuVall began touring with the group in 2006, four years after the death of Layne Staley from a drug overdose.

ALICE IN CHAINS began working on the new disc in 2011, but the sessions for the album were delayed when guitarist Jerry Cantrell had to undergo shoulder surgery.

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Professionally filmed video footage of ALICE IN CHAINS‘ September 19 performance at the Rock In Rio festival in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil can be seen below.

ALICE IN CHAINS‘ fifth studio album, “The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here”, sold 62,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 2 on The Billboard 200 chart. The disc follows up 2009′s “Black Gives Way To Blue”, which was the group’s first all-new collection of material in 14 years. That CD opened with 126,000 units back in October 2009 to debut at No. 5.

ALICE IN CHAINS was last in the Top Two with its self-titled 1995 set, which debuted at No. 1 on that year’s November 25 chart, according to Billboard.com. It would be their final studio release with singer Layne Staley, who died in 2002.

“The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here” is ALICE IN CHAINS‘ second album with William DuVall on vocals.

DuVall began touring with the group in 2006, four years after the death of Layne Staley from a drug overdose.

ALICE IN CHAINS began working on the new disc in 2011, but the sessions for the album were delayed when guitarist Jerry Cantrell had to undergo shoulder surgery.

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Our Joe Daly went to Uproar Festival to see the likes of Alice In Chains, Jane’s Addiction, Coheed and Cambria and many more heavyweights bring the noise to San Diego. Lucky for him. Lucky for us, though, he went and reviewed it! Here’s what went down…

Another skin-reddening day has descended upon the paradisaical surf town of San Diego and with it arrives the 2013 Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival – the last major festival tour of the season – boasting easily the most eclectic lineup to pull through in quite some time. Headliners Alice in Chains are presiding over a scrambled spectrum of rock and metal acts, including alt-rock legends Jane’s Addiction and prog metallers Coheed and Cambria, as well as up-and-comers such as Walking Papers, Dead Daisies and Middle Class Rut.

Like other tours, UPROAR has set up two second stages side-by-side to eliminate breakdown times between sets. As one band wraps up, the other band are literally standing on the stage next to them, peering around the speakers and waiting for the final note to end so they can crash into their opener. Comical as it sounds, it works enormously well, and at 2:50, Charming Liars [6] launch into an energized yet fleeting set of pop-inspired rock, followed by Sacramento’s Middle Class Rut [7], whose sugary alt-rock stage show establishes a positively airtight case for a spot on next year’s Warped Tour.

Highlights of the second stage are Canada’s Danko Jones [8], rock/metal supergroup Dead Daisies [8], and Walking Papers [8]. The Dead Daisies first detonate a ferocious half hour set of filthy classic rock and metal, powered by the hard-hitting rhythm section of bassist Marco Mendoza (ex-Thin Lizzy, ex-Whitesnake), and drummer Brian Tichy (ex-Ozzy Osbourne, ex-Whitesnake), the grooving fretwork of guitarists Richard Fortus (Guns n’Roses) and Dave Lowy (ex-Red Phoenix) and keyboardist Dizzy Reed (Guns n’Roses). Vocalist Jon Stevens (ex-INXS), sporting a chewed-up thumb and hobbling on a walking boot from a fishing accident, turns in a ferocious vocal performance that can likely be heard well past the Mexican border.

Duff McKagan: Walking Legend

In one of the festival’s more surreal moments (which is saying a lot with Jane’s Addiction lurking about), as two current members of GNR conclude their set with Dead Daisies on one stage, GNR’s original bassist, Duff McKagan, stands ten metres away, waiting to tear it up with his own new side project. Walking Papers turn in the most surprisingly heavy set of the afternoon with a punishing barrage of bluesy, hook-heavy anthems, powered by Duff and guitarist/vocalist Jeff Angell. Their final notes incite considerable dismay from the crowd and as security usher the people towards the main stage, two things stand out: 1) not a single “Whale’s Vagina” remark has yet been uttered and 2) Walking Papers’underground status is officially over.

Over on the main stage, the sun drops through the horizon as Circa Survive [6] offer an earnest but unremarkable clutch of pop-sweetened alt-rock as the amphitheatre begins to fill. Judging by today’s t-shirt representation, Coheed and Cambria [8] are the most in-demand outfit on today’s roster and their forty minute set offers a welcome shot of untempered urgency. Unleashing one brawny prog metal beatdown after another, including Key Entity Extraction V: Sentry the Defiant, Number City and Welcome Home, Coheed and Cambria treat the audience like a flamethrower hitting a pile of dry leaves. It is majestic, as is frontman Claudio Sanchez’ heroic afro, which might well account for thirty percent of the musician’s total body mass.

Coheed and Cambria’s Claudio Sanchez: furry

From the looks of Jane’s Addiction [9], they have all spent the past decade eating salads and doing sit ups. Elegantly-attired frontman Perry Farrell conjures images of old Tinseltown and those chiseled leading men of the 30s, his inimitable voice effortlessly exploring the high notes he first struck over two decades ago.

Perry Farrell: sprightly

We are especially thrilled to see Dave Navarro detonating filthy sets of mountain-cracking grooves, reminding everybody in attendance that before reality television, he was one of the architects of the alt-rock revolution. Jane’s simply kill it with an expertly-paced campaign of fan favourites including Superhero, Been Caught Stealing and Mountain Song.

Dave Navarro: groovy

Finally it’s time for headliners Alice in Chains [9] and the reception confirms that t-shirt numbers be damned, this is their crowd. Maniacal applause greets the grunge godfathers who dip straight into the old songbook with Them Bones, followed by Dam That River.

Alice In Chains: smashing it

As with most legendary bands who have seen a change in vocalist during their prime years, AIC will always inspire debate among fans regarding their election to carry on after the gut-wrenching demise of original vocalist Layne Staley. We are far too busy not giving a shit to worry about such hypothetical histrionics, instead savouring the unmitigated thrill of beholding the proto-grunge purveyors delivering a punishing retrospective of their entire catalog, tracking their early days straight through their new album, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here. Check My Brain predictably rockets the Southern California crowd into heightened levels of clinical insanity, with seemingly every ticketholder in the venue shouting out the chorus Californiaaaaaaa’s alriiiiiiiight; Somebody check my brain!

AIC’s Mike Inez

And then it happens. At just after ten p.m., none other than the iconic riff technician himself, Jerry Cantrell, steps up to the microphone during a break and, losing his composure into a fit of chuckles, advises, “I’m pretty sure that San Diego means ‘Whale’s Vagina.’” Score!

Would? and Rooster close out a spectacular set, bringing this year’s UPROAR festival to a close and sending the masses back into the heart of the Whale’s Vagina. Although to be fair, no one really knows what San Diego means. Scholars maintain that the translation was lost hundreds of years ago…

Alice In Chains Uproar San Diego Setlist

Them Bones
Dam That River
Check My Brain
Again
Man in the Box
Got Me Wrong
Rain When I Die
Hollow
Stone
Down in a Hole
Would?
Rooster

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Scar The Martyr

Scar The Martyr make their UK bow later this year

Scar The Martyr – the new project from Slipknot‘s Joey Jordison – have released their first official video! Blood Host is taken from the band’s self-titled debut album, due out September 30 via Roadrunner.

Bang your head to Blood Host below:

Order Scar The Martyr via iTunes or Amazon.

Catch the band – which also features Jed Simon (ex-Strapping Young Lad), Kris Norris (Darkest Hour), Henry Derek and Chris Vrenna (Nine Inch Nails) – on the following dates with Alice In Chains and Ghost:

11/09 London, UK – London Alexandra Palace
11/10 Leeds, UK – Leeds O2 Academy
11/11 Manchester, UK – Manchester Academy
11/13 Birmingham, UK – Birmingham O2 Academy
11/14 Glasgow, UK – Glasgow O2 Academy
11/15 Newport, UK – Newport Centre

Tickets are on sale now from www.kililive.comwww.seetickets.com and 0844 871 8803.

We’re also giving away a FREE Scar The Martyr EP with select copies of our brand new issue! Click here to find out where you can get your hands on one.

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Scar The Martyr

Scar The Martyr

Scar The Martyr, the new project from Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison, will make their UK debut supporting grunge legends Alice In Chains and occult rock masters, Ghost!

Catch the band – which also features Jed Simon (ex-Strapping Young Lad), Kris Norris (Darkest Hour), Henry Derek and Chris Vrenna (Nine Inch Nails) – on the following dates:

11/09 London, UK – London Alexandra Palace
11/10 Leeds, UK – Leeds O2 Academy
11/11 Manchester, UK – Manchester Academy
11/13 Birmingham, UK – Birmingham O2 Academy
11/14 Glasgow, UK – Glasgow O2 Academy
11/15 Newport, UK – Newport Centre

Tickets are on sale now from www.kililive.comwww.seetickets.com and 0844 871 8803.

We’re giving away a FREE Scar The Martyr EP with select copies of our brand new issue! Click here to find out where you can get your hands on one.

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The band finished off their set with “Rooster” and all I could think was this show was way too short.

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KLAQ‘s Lisa Sanchez conducted an interview with ALICE IN CHAINS members Sean Kinney (drums) and William DuVall (vocals) on August 31 at Revolt On The Rio Grande in Albuquerque, New Mexico. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below.

On the state of the music industry, how the Internet affects musicians, and where they think the record business is going:

Kinney: “Any music that can generate money will be the dumbest, shittiest lip-syncing crap that’s made for the lowest common denominator, made for the masses, just kind of like reality TV — cheaper, shittier, dumber, dumb it down.

“The next LED ZEPPELINs and everybody they’re playing right now, they’ll never get a chance because if you don’t support these things, there’s no infrastructure to let a band turn into a band and mature and grow. It’s financially impossible. I mean, we’re out here doing this. We get paid for what we do, but we’ll spend almost every penny we make to do this. We spend almost all our money to do this, and we’re fortunate. To move six semis and twenty buses. Each bus costs 30,000 dollars a month. That’s not counting gas. It costs millions of dollars to do this stuff at a certain level. And it’s what we love to do. And we’re fortunate that we kind of make it work.”

“The record companies fucked every human that ever recorded music in the history of music. Every single person — [from] the first recordings — has been permanently fucked because the record companies didn’t get their shit together and nobody regulated anything and found a way to distribute [digital music] right.”

DuVall: “It’ll get harder and harder to run that business the more this, sort of, ripple effect takes hold in the culture.

“People think they’re sticking it to ‘the man’ by not paying for a record, BitTorrenting and all this stuff. They’re not [sticking it to 'the man']. They’re sticking it to their favorite band, they’re sticking it to their favorite artist, and ultimately, they’re stucking it to themselves. Because eventually, those [artists] won’t be able to tour so readily. A lot of bands are gonna break up. A lot of bands already have broken up.

“When you talk about your top-tier groups that are able to operate, we’re somewhere in the fortunate category in that at least we can have a serious conversation about moving all these semis and all these people around the world and flying the gear everywhere and feeding everyone that works for this group and everything, and feeding ourselves. We can at least have that conversation, but there are a lot of bands that were able to survive 15-20 years ago at the mid-level — [like] your punk bands that were on Epitaph, those bands that sold around 100,000 records and they could rely on that, they could make their records cheaply, they could tour in a bus, they could make a living. Now those bands can’t do that anymore. That whole mid-level, it’s just like what’s happening in a larger sense in the country and in the world. Like, this middle-class things is just getting routed; they are the ones getting routed.”

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